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two golden trees, at least for a fleeting moment

aago123
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Today I reached a personal milestone of finishing my second tree. The first, Italian, took me about three months, and the second, French, two months. I have tried to keep the finished skills golden all the way through.
This is a moment to thank the Duolingo team for creating and maintaining this fabulous site. I also want to thank the many voluntary commenters whose knowledge has helped me along the way.
Now I will try to keep these trees golden until I have mastered the content sufficiently well, and perhaps try my hand on some translations. Since English is not my first language, it will take some courage. In September I hope to start the German tree.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TurronDeCoco

Beware, the Spaniards. They've got a mean appetite for plundering gold. If they hear word of your treasure, you'll not be long in possession of them two golden trees!

[ Sorry, couldn't resist. :) ]

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JazminG

Wow - TWO golden trees! I am oh so impressed and jealous. Congratulations!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynK.
EvelynK.
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Congrats!! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bittybank
bittybank
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Nice job! Yeah, sometime keeping everything golden becomes a bit of a chore.... but it is motivation, and keeps you working on those skills! Congrats!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/856pm

Ah! French Places just fell to 3/4! Practice it once, and you'll be golden again!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aago123
aago123
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alas, it took just three hours for my towers of Babel to start crumbling :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/856pm

It's back, but now Nature's fallen to 3/4! This is some play-by-play!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Congrats, this is outstanding! May I ask you some questions, though? Have you used other sources to maintain your skill level in Italian after finishing the tree? Do you have the impression to really know the basics of French and Italian or do you just think you understand the basics but could not really use them? Do you had some successful conversations in both Italian and French? What is your mother tongue? Congrats to your achievement and way to go =)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aago123
aago123
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Thanks. No, I have not used other sources yet. However, having visited Italy at least eight times in the past, both for vacation and for work, I have a basic "feel" for the language, but have never formally studied it. While in Italy I tried using Italian in restaurants, shops, hotels, etc. but, of course, it will take more time and practice to become comfortable with it. Reading has improved a lot. I try to check out some Italian and French newspapers almost daily. My mother tongue is actually Estonian, but I have lived in Canada for the past 25 years. While at the university, I studied Latin for five years, even at graduate level. That is a great help for studying Romance languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Thanks for your reply! I once studied Latin as well and it is indeed a big help to enhance the Romance skill levels. Estonian seems to be a wonderful language but unimaginably hard to learn. Good luck with your German and ask me something at anytime whether you feel like it (I'm German ;-) )

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aago123
aago123
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Herzlichen Dank! Ich werde das Studium Deutsch im September beginnen. Yes, Estonian is very similar to Finnish, like Dutch and German. It is not an Indo-European language.

4 years ago

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    Congrats do you know of anyone with gold on all the trees?

    EditDelete4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/aago123
    aago123
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    sounds improbable, they tend to lose color way too quickly

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/aspielman
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    I got to four simultaneously gold trees in just under a year, but I didn't try to keep it up for more than a day or so - getting there was an unsustainable amount of daily work.

    4 years ago